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Fortrac®
SYSTEMS

 

With systems made of Fortrac Reinforced Soil,
you can build steep slopes, slope protection or
slope stabilisation such as retaining wall or
bridge abutments quickly, economically and
with long term stability

 

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Efficient Solutions for
Steep Slopes and Retaining Structures

 

Why opt for conventional construction methods when much easier ways are available?
Fortrac Systems are modular and economical solutions for engineering structures with geogrid-reinforced-soil such as retaining structures and abutments. They are used to construct structures that are insensitive to settlement, such as slope and embankment stabilisation and steep slopes, even with overhanging embankments, simply, efficiently and at the same time ecologically sustainable. Thanks to the wide range of design options in terms of terrain shape, slope and front design, our solutions can be integrated into almost any landscape and architectural environment. Fortrac Systems offer many advantages over conventional construction methods (e.g. gravity walls), especially when the time factor and high stability play an important role.

Fast

Fast

Demonstrably faster to the goal through standardised system designs, individual solutions, years
of experience and services.

Cost effective

Cost effective

Cut costs and time by using locally sourced soil, reduce transportation, faster and easier installation, reliable long-term performance or less maintenance and fewer repairs.

Straightforward

Straightforward

Together from the beginning, we support you from your initial enquiry through to project completion and solve engineering, system and product problems in a simple and
uncomplicated way.

Eco-friendly

Eco-friendly

Geogrid-reinforced supporting structures have less impact on the environment than concrete structures: 80-85 % less CO2
emissions and 70-75 % less energy
consumption (see IVG life cycle analysis 2015).

Reliable

Reliable

Benefit from more than 40 years of experience in the planning and realisation of structures with geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS). There are thousands of successful and
challenging projects worldwide.

Controlled

Controlled

In more demanding situations, we can deploy measurement instrumentationas an additional
safeguard. Even structural monitoring over the entire service
life of a facility is possible.

Fortrac Nature

Natural looking and in harmony with the landscape

Fortrac Nature system models are used wherever supporting structures, such as steep slopes, slope and embankment protection, are to be built in a short time and integrated into the landscape by natural planting. In comparison to conventional construction methods, green slopes have a particularly positive effect on the urban climate and, if appropriately planted, provide protection for various insects and birds. The system is suitable for slope inclinations from 30° as well as steep slopes and overhanging embankments up to 110°.


Benefits

  • Harmonious integration in a natural landscape setting
  • High flexibility in terms of inclination, contouring and vegetation
  • Long-term stability and durability coupled with ductile behaviour
  • Natural looking solution, providing habitat for birds and insects
  • Positive impact on mirco-climate
  • Easy dismantling allows use as a temporary structure
  • Lateral earth pressure containments 110° feasible
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Fortrac Gabion

Wide variety of stone basket facing solutions

The Fortrac Gabion system consists of two components: an earth body reinforced with Fortrac geogrids and a facing of corrosion-protected steel grid elements with individual natural stone infill. The gabions either make an active contribution to the stability or are passively suspended from the reinforced earth body with a visual and protective function, e.g. as a noise barrier. With our gabion system solutions you can realise inclinations of up to 90° and very high structures.


Benefits

  • Wide range of design options
  • Rapid installation and easy repair
  • Fire, vandal and UV-resistant
  • Resistant to differential settlement
  • Low maintenance, with minimum costs for care und upkeep
  • Can be designed to meet German noise control catergory A 3
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Fortrac Block

Multi-faceted concrete block facings

With Fortrac Block, we offer you the possibility of fitting your Fortrac-Reinforced-Soil structure with various concrete block designs and looks. The Fortrac geogrid, the filling soil and the block stones usually form the load-bearing element of the supporting structure when combined. Besides this active design, passive solutions are also possible. The mortarless system can be used for almost any slope height and inclination up to 90°


Benefits

  • Formwork-free, mortarless system
  • Wide selection of blocks for individual design
  • Straight, curved and tiered wall possible
  • Structural or purely cosmetic/protective facings
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Fortrac Panel

Wall construction made simple with precast concrete

Compared to conventional construction methods, Fortrac Panel system solutions cut construction time by eliminating the need for costly foundations, the rapid construction of the geogrid-reinforced soil body and the simple installation of prefabricated concrete elements. Depending on the requirements, the precast concrete elements can actively contribute to the overall stability or can be attached to the reinforced soil body at a later date.


Benefits

  • Rapid and easy erection with slender precast concrete panels
  • Cost-effective alternative to concrete only solutions
  • Less labour and plant requirement
  • Structural or purely cosmetic/protective panels
  • Tied back sheet piling as a further option
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Here you can experience animated selected system models!

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System with integrated formwork

  • Fortrac geogrid
  • Preformed steel-mesh wall with tensioning hooks
  • Vegetation and/or erosion control mats
  • Planting by specialist contractor

Hollow block system

  • Fortrac geogrid
  • Hollow blocks
  • Separating nonwoven
  • Crushed stone drainage layer

Tie rod systems

  • Fortrac geogrid
  • Geotextile as wash-out protection
  • Steel front grill
  • Steel anchor with anchor plate
  • Mounting bracket for coupling
  • Compression and frost resistant stone filling

Aktive system model

  • Fortrac geogrid
  • Nonwoven for erosion/wash-out protection
  • Precast-concrete panel with coupling
  • Connectors, e.g. connecting rod, pipe

Fortrac geogrid
Flexible interaction and robust

In geosynthetic-reinforced soil (GRS) construction, the geogrid absorbs tensile forces and improves the mechanical properties of the composite material. Fortrac geogrids are characterised by good elongation stiffness and tensile strength. In addition, they provide very high interaction flexibility, which only flexible geosynthetics can.Good interaction flexibility is characterised by the perfect interplay of macro, meso and micro interlocking and a high degree of adaptability to the soil. Due to the increased contact area, the composite behaviour or the interaction between soil and reinforcement is significantly improved.

 


General benefits

  • Faster and easier installation than for rigid grids
  • Activation of tensile forces during installation
  • High adaptability of geogrid results in densely compacted of soil layers
  • Formation of a flexible integral system with soil
  • Also suitable for use in alkaline soils
  • Equalisation of settlement

Interaction
flexibility

Micro-
Interlock
Meso-
Interlock
Macro-
Interlock
Adaptability to
all uneven ground

HUESKER Services

We accompany you through the entire project

HUESKER services begin with providing the customer with initial advice and end with supporting the realisation of the project on site.
What we provide are safe, customised, economically viable and ecologically sound project solutions.

Engineering Services

Technical consulting
We will recommend the appropriate product types for your specific requirements.

Technical design
Our engineers will be delighted to assist you by performing verifiable design calculations and checks in accordance with recognised methods.

Project-specific placement plans
We will prepare installation and placing recommendations along with installation diagrams.

Sharing of our extensive knowledge
You benefit from our best practice solutions and techniques from our global network.

Product Services

Custom designed product solutions
We will assist you in developing custom fabricated products to meet your particular requirements.

Alternative solutions
We will propose alternative design solutions as well as recommendations for adjustments and optimisations.

On the spot

On site instruction
Where required, our application technicians can offer installation assistance related to the specifics of product installation.

Installation aids
We can offer you practical installation aids to facilitate the application of our products.

Training
We are happy to support you with product and application-specific instruction.

Documents

Certificates and approvals
Our products have numerous certifications and approvals that are issued, for example, by BAM, BAW, BBA, EBA, IVG and SVG, depending on the product type.

Tender documents
We would be happy to provide you with proposals for your specifications.

Technical guidelines
Technical guidelines will help you to ensure the best practice installation of your product on site.